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Issue No. 788
Books Supplement
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Cairo Review of Books is a monthly supplement issued by Al-Ahram Weekly and edited by Mona Anis and David Tresilian. Review copies should be addressed to: Mona Anis, Al-Ahram Weekly, Al-Ahram Newspaper Building, Galaa St., Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt. Contributionsand letters on subjects raised in the supplement and queries regarding special subscription rates and back issues should be sent to or faxed to +202 578 6089

Year of living dangerously
My Year in Iraq: the Struggle to Build a Future of Hope, L. Paul Bremer III with Malcolm McConnell, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. pp417
By David Tresilian
Records of an invasion
L'Irak de la crise au chaos: chroniques d'une invasion (Iraq from Crisis to Chaos: Chronicles of an Invasion), ed. Kenneth Brown, Paris: Ibis Press. pp321
By David Tresilian
History lessons for Iraq
Basra: the Failed Gulf State, Separatism and Nationalism in Southern Iraq, Reidar Visser, Muenster (Germany): LiT Verlag, 2005. pp238
By Omayma Abdel-Latif
Arabic narratives galore
Modern Arabic Fiction: An Anthology, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, ed., New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. pp1080
By Ferial Ghazoul
An occasion to celebrate
Al-taswir al-hadith fi misr (Modern Painting in Egypt), Aimé Azar, with a preface by Cyril des Baux, translated from the French by Naim Attia & Edward Kharat; Cairo: The National Project for Translation, Supreme Council for Culture, 2006. pp426 + 293 reproductions; originally published as La Peinture moderne en Egypte, Cairo: Les Editions nouvelles, 1961
In search of Amy
Fayza Hassan provides contextual background for the life of Amy Nimr, early 20th century Egyptian painter
Incredible, but totally real
An Iraqi in Paris, Samuel Shimon, translated from Arabic by Samira Kawar, Paul Starkey, Issa J Boullata, Christina Phillips, Shakir Mustafa & Fiona Collins, London: Banipal Books, 2005. pp252
By Hanna Ziadeh
Discovering the world through non-European eyes
Other Routes: 1500 years of African and Asian Travel Writing, Tabish Khair, Justin Edwards, Martin Leer & Hanna Ziadeh, eds., Oxford: Signal Books, 2006. pp420
By Hicham Safieddine
Shared momentum
Cairo Stencils, Chant Avedissian, London: Saqi Books, 2006. pp134
Ancient temples and dictionaries
The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt, Richard H. Wilkinson, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2005. pp255;
Temples of Ancient Egypt, ed. Byron E. Shafer, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2005. pp335
Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, Toby Wilkinson, London: Thames and Hudson, 2005. pp271
By Jill Kamil

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